Losing the #wheatbelly - A look back at Day 1 and what I'm eating today, Day 2 #healthyliving #motherhood #cooking

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Losing the wheat belly - a look back at Day 1, which was yesterday:

The best decision I made was to sit down the night before and plan out what I would eat the entire next day on sparkpeople.com. I was full from dinner, the kids were in bed, and my husband was at a soccer game so, I had a quiet house in which to concentrate.

I was able to look through my cabinets, fridge and freezer and come up with a balanced, nutritional plan for the day that would require NO thought on my part tomorrow.

Everything went really well and I stuck to my daily menu 100%. Not a single slip!

I'm honestly not that surprised because I don't have willpower issues. Remember, I'm just lazy!

I don't crave sugar, I don't have issues with yearning for desserts, and I don't keep junk in the house. Well, except for all the gluten-filled wheat products.

I did start to feel that familiar headache from gluten-withdrawal that I've experienced in the past and it lasted about 3 hours yesterday but I busied myself with laundry, writing in my blog, finishing the book Wheat Belly, helping the kids with their homework, and drinking lots of water. Right before bed, I sat down and planned out what I would eat today. This was a bit more challenging because we are ending the week and groceries are slim! I had to get creative. :)

BREAKFAST: scrambled egg whites with 96% lean ham and monterey jack cheese and a latte with 4oz of 2% milk made by my amazing husband. I'll be purchasing skim milk at the store over the weekend, this is just what we had because it's what David likes to drink. Thankfully, he's agreed to switch to skim for me.

LUNCH: 1C cherry tomatoes, 1/4C feta crumbles, 1T each of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds topped with 1T olive oil and 2tsp balsamic vinegar

SNACK: medium Fuji apple cut into chunks with 1/2C banana cut into chunks mixed with 1T unsweetened coconut

DINNER: Chicken Parmesan meatloaf (4oz portion), 1/2 C roasted carrots and 1/2C roasted Brussels sprouts roasted with 1T EVOO, salt pepper and garlic

I did go to bed feeling that hungry tummy growl that occurs anytime you cut calories but was surprised how quickly it went away and I slept soundly. I didn't wake up ravenous this morning either.

Also something really interesting:
After a day without gluten and this morning's breakfast, which contained no gluten, I didn't have that familiar crash that typically follows a meal of products containing gluten. I typically feel hungry and shaky after every meal, within about 2 hours. I didn't experience that at all yesterday nor so far today (it's 1:15pm). The book talks about why we experience this when we consume gluten and how great it feels to not experience it when you eliminate gluten from your life.

I'm really looking forward to meal planning later today to prepare for my big shopping trip tomorrow. I need to hit up Costco, Trader Joe's and Safeway to get all the products I need at the lowest price. Good thing Trader Joe's and Safeway are in the same parking lot.

Thank you for coming along in this journey with me!

If you are on your own healthy lifestyle journey and want some support, leave a link to your blog or SparkPeople.com page in the comments below and I'll be so happy to connect with you!


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